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Funding and Scholarship Opportunities
Worried about funding your college education? There are a number of resources available at Lyman Briggs College and on campus to help. From scholarships to grants, and including many other sources of funding, there are options for every student. Start by filling out your FAFSA and contacting the MSU Office of Financial Aid. If you have any questions about scholarships, please contact our office by calling (517)353-6480 or emailing lbc@msu.edu.

Following is a list of yearly scholarships made available to currently enrolled Lyman Briggs College students. Each semester, we will email current LBC students with a list of scholarships, application deadlines, and selection criteria for those scholarships open for application. Students may apply for any scholarship in which they meet the criteria.
Paul E. Boswell Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Jeffrey Boswell, M.D. in honor of his father, Paul Edward Boswell, who attended MSU through the National Science Foundation sponsored Academic Year Institute, earning a master's degree from the College of Natural Science in 1965. He brought his family to East Lansing where they lived in Spartan Village. The family later moved to Texas. Were it not for his father’s decision to attend MSU, Jeffrey Boswell would not have considered leaving Texas for College, or discovered Lyman Briggs College.

Eligibility:
  a. Entering Freshmen
  b. Out-of-state students with a preference for recipients from Texas
  c. Scholarship is renewable for students who continue on in Lyman Briggs College
  d. Recipients must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA


STEM Endowed Scholarship

The STEM Scholars Endowed Scholarship was established to support future scientists and mathematicians who will be pursing non-medical or health care careers. It is the hopes of the donors that this funding will allow students to reduce their non-academically related work for pay and instead use the time to engage in efforts that support their learning and exploration of careers in science.

Eligibility: Lyman Briggs College primary degree students going into their 3rd year (typically Junior status).

Selection Criteria: College GPA (minimum of 2.5); financial need as determined by the MSU Financial Aid Office is required; career goals; anticipated impact of the scholarship.

Renewable: Students are eligible to renew this scholarship in their 4th year (typically Senior status) but will be required to reapply and maintain eligibility criteria.


Alumni Association Scholarship (Apply now)

This Scholarship is established by the Lyman Briggs Alumni Association because of its desire to support Lyman Briggs College students who have demonstrated a commitment to helping others as evidenced by research, extracurricular, volunteer and/or service activities.

Eligibility: Open to Sophomores, Juniors & non-graduating seniors enrolled in Lyman Briggs College at the time of the award (Fall 2012). Should have demonstrated accomplishments in the following areas: 1. Research Activities; 2. Extra-curricular Activities; 3. Volunteer and/or Service Activities.


Study Abroad Scholarship (Apply now)

Lyman Briggs students have a wide variety of options for studying abroad. The Office of Study Abroad has more than 200 programs in 60 countries on all seven continents in almost every subject. Each year dozens of Lyman Briggs students study abroad to fulfill course requirements in the sciences, HPS (history, philosophy and sociology of science), or general education.

With several programs led by Lyman Briggs faculty and many others to choose from, Lyman Briggs students literally have a whole world of options. Lyman Briggs gives out several thousands of dollars in study abroad scholarships every year to Lyman Briggs students participating in semester long programs, and for winter and spring break opportunities.


Steven T. and Esther M. Spees Scholarship (Apply now)

Dr. and Mrs. Spees grew up in Indiana. Esther graduated from Ball State University, taught a wide variety of business courses, and finished her career teaching at Lansing Community College. Steven graduated from Purdue University and the University of Southern California. Before coming to MSU and LBC in 1967, he taught at the Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota. He and physicist, Paul Parker, developed a combined chemistry-physics course for LBC. Steven has been very active in academic governance at the unit, college and university level. The opportunity to interact with students and faculty in many different disciplines for over 35 years has been especially satisfying. Steven's former students often marveled at his ability to remember them and the personal satisfaction he received from hearing about their professional success. For many years, Steven served as Associate Dean of the College until his retirement in 2011. Steven and Esther Spees established this Endowment because of their desire to support scholarships for students in Lyman Briggs College.

Eligibility: Applicants must 1) be a current Lyman Briggs student; 2) demonstrate financial need; 3) have a minimum 2.5 G.P.A.


Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Learning Assistants

This is an award to recognize outstanding learning assistants in Lyman Briggs College. Along with a certificate, winners in each discipline will receive a plaque.

Criteria: Must be a Lyman Briggs undergraduate learning assistant during the current academic year.


Dr. Frederic B. Dutton Scholarship (Apply now)

On October 20, 1966, the MSU Board of Trustees created the Planning Committee for Lyman Briggs College, appointing Dr. Frederic B. Dutton - then Director of the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center - as its chair. Dr. Dutton led the committee in creating a common agreement on a residential college for students seeking a liberal education in the physical and biological sciences, students seeking preprofessional training and students seeking majors currently offered in the College of Natural Science, but in the context of a small liberal arts and science college. Dr. Dutton recruited many of the pioneering faculty who would create the curriculum and college. On July 1, 1967, Lyman Briggs College opened with Dr. Dutton serving as its first Dean. LBC seeks to honor Dr. Dutton with the establishment of this endowment.

The scholarship will be awarded to academically talented students with preference given to current LBC freshmen or incoming freshmen. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in LBC when the award is activated.


Paul and Gertrude Parker Endowed Scholarship (Apply now)

Paul and Gertrude Parker met as children in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Parker came to America in 1947, and married Gertrude in 1958. Gertrude completed 3 years of medical studies in Vienna. Once in America, she chose to support Paul, their daughter, Claudia, and care for the household. Gertrude died in 2006 and is remembered by her husband affectionately for their lifetime of friendship, support and love.

Dr. Parker began his career with MSU in 1958 in the Department of Physics. In 1967, he was recruited by Dean Frederic Dutton to join the faculty of Lyman Briggs College, then a new residential college at MSU. Dr. Parker designed the original physics curriculum that was started one year after the foundation of the College. In 1972, Dr. Parker was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award. During his 13-year assignment to Lyman Briggs College, Dr. Parker maintained a joint appointment with the Department of Physics. He retired in 1993.

Dr. Parker recalls his career with great fondness. He enjoyed teaching, contact with faculty from other disciplines and the interactions he had with students beyond the classroom. Dr. Parker established this Scholarship to encourage and reward LBC students with preference for those who have been academically successful in the required undergraduate physics courses.

This scholarship is available to students enrolled in Lyman Briggs with a preference given to those students who have excelled in the Lyman Briggs physics courses. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of scholastic standing, financial need, and recommendations to the Awards Committee from Lyman Briggs faculty who know the student's work and potential.


The Sean Healey Memorial Award

Sean Healey was a Lyman Briggs College computer science major that died in 1992 after his sophomore year as the result of complications of muscular dystrophy. Sean was a gifted writer and avid reader, someone who was never without a book in his hand. Therefore, through the generosity of his parents, Diana and Patrick Healey, Lyman Briggs College has established the Sean Healey Memorial Award for Honors Writing. This award is to be given each semester to an LBC student whose work reflects the engagement, intelligence and, skills Sean displayed in his own first-year writings. This award is to be based on the following criteria.

1. A current Lyman Briggs College student 2. The student should be enrolled in an Honors section of LBC 133 for which the student is to receive the award. 3. The student is to be in good financial and academic standing with the University. 4. The student will be nominated and selected by a committee of the LBC faculty.

The award is to be given for the best short essay written by a student fulfilling these criteria and will consist of a $500.00 US Savings bond, consisting of a $250.00 expenditure, that if left to maturity will be worth $500.00.


Dr. Ronald C. Hamelink Scholarship in Mathematics (Apply now)

Dr. Ronald Hamelink is one of the founding faculty members of Lyman Briggs College. As MSU's first student to graduate with a 4.0 GPA, Dr. Hamelink set an example for success that carried over into his career as an educator. Dr. Hamelink has touched the lives of countless Lyman Briggs students since its inception in 1967. Lyman Briggs College and the College of Natural Science are pleased to honor him with the establishment of this endowment. Many of Dr. Hamelink past students have given their financial support to this Scholarship in his honor. Originally established in 2003, we are pleased to announce the full funding of this Scholarship which will begin awarding for the Fall of 2008.

Criteria: Lyman Briggs College will select Scholarship recipients according to its policies and procedures on the basis of previous academic achievement, professional goals, and/or financial need. Recipients are normally selected during the Spring semester, with awards to be effective the following Fall semester. The number of awards made in a given year and the amount of the awards will be based upon available funds. Open to new or current students in Lyman Briggs College.

Selection: Recipients will be selected by the LBC Awards Committee


Pamela Ann Merry Endowed Scholarship (Apply now)

Pamela Ann Merry was a member of the first class (1967) of Lyman Briggs College. After she graduated she worked at Argonne National Laboratory and achieved the "scientist" title. Pam died in 1987 due to complications associated with leukemia. Ms. Patricia L. Merry and Donald G. Borseth have created an endowed scholarship for "worthy and capable students enrolled at Lyman Briggs College who will be offered greater opportunities to study and explore the sciences." The scholarship normally shall be awarded yearly to one or more applicants. Selection of recipient(s) normally will be made during the second semester with the award to be effective the following fall. The amount of the award shall be determined by the Lyman Briggs College considering the amount of distributable income available. The award normally is credited during the tuition payment process.

Eligibility: All science majors at Lyman Briggs with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Criteria: Candidates should demonstrate excellence in their chosen academic field and will be asked to fill out an Informational questionnaire. Preference will be given to those who wish to pursue a research career.

Selection Process: Recipients will be selected by the LBC Awards Committee


Brian Falzon Book Scholarship

Brian Falzon was a bright, creative and energetic student as well as a generous friend. Brian always had a smile for everyone, hence his nickname "Cloud". Brian loved life at MSU and considered the Lyman Briggs College his second home and the students in Holmes Hall his extended family. Brian's parents and sister have created this book award in Brian's memory so that he may never be forgotten. It provides for the awarding of up to $300.00 worth of course-related book purchases to a Lyman Briggs student each semester. To be considered, students must be in the Lyman Briggs College and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in MSU classes. Financial need will be a factor in the selection of the recipient. Other qualifications being equal, preference will be give to such students living in Holmes Hall.

The fall semester award (Open to incoming freshmen students from West Bloomfield High School-candidates will be identified by West Bloomfield High School counselors/teachers)

During selection, priority will be given to the following respectively:

1) Must be a student from West Bloomfield High School, 2) Incoming student to Lyman Briggs College, 3) Cumulative GPA (must be at least a 3.4), 4) Financial need, and 5) Those living in Holmes Hall.

The spring semester award: (Open to all LBC students)

During selection, priority will be given to the following respectively:

1) Financial need, 2) Cumulative GPA (must be at least a 3.0), 3) Involvement in the Briggs and MSU community, 4) Those of Junior or Senior class standing (although anyone can apply), and those living in Holmes Hall.

Note: Recipients will be selected by the LBC Awards Committee


Howard and Joan Hagerman Endowed Scholarship for LBC Biology (Apply now)

Dr. Howard H. Hagerman was one of the pioneer faculty members in the residential college programs at MSU. As a charter faculty member in Lyman Briggs, he established the biology program in a nurturing setting that provided a unique combination of formal and informal learning opportunities that characterize the Briggs experience. Increasing numbers of students are applying to LBC because they feel that it supports their growth in a cooperative atmosphere and provides a stimulating educational experience. This scholarship was established to honor Dr. Hagerman in a manner befitting his legacy to Briggs.

This scholarship is available to LBC Biology majors with a preference given to those who intend to teach. Up to $500.00 will be awarded on the basis of scholastic standing, grade point average, financial need, and recommendations from professors who know the student's work and potential. The award provides funds for tuition, books or supplies as needed.

Open to students of sophomore or above class standing majoring in biology with a 3.0 overall grade point average.



Carol E. Bristow Memorial Fund (Apply now)

Edgar C. Bristow, M.D., is providing this scholarship as a memorial to his daughter, Carol E. Bristow, who was an outstanding student during her time at Lyman Briggs. She subsequently had a career with the Washington D.C. Office of DPRA, a company providing various services to Federal agencies, including EPA, and FDA. In addition to her professional work, she was interested in travel and photography. It is his hope that this fund will provide needed assistance to Lyman Briggs students throughout the future. Applicants must be at least Junior standing at the time of the award (the upcoming fall semester); must have a minimum GPA of a 3.0; must demonstrate financial need. Award is renewable for one year, i.e., non-graduating winners may reapply for a 2nd year.
Jane Smith Elliott Endowed Scholarship (Apply now)

The Jane Smith Elliott Endowed Scholarship is established in honor of Jane Smith Elliott, Ph.D. by her daughter Martha (Marty) K. Kakuk and Marty’s husband Thomas J. Kakuk, D.V.M., Ph.D., along with Jane’s son Benjamin T. Smith, PhD., and his wife Nancy Frasure-Smith, Ph.D. Tom, Marty, Ben and Nancy desire to support Lyman Briggs College students who were so important to Jane during her time as a faculty member, Director of Advisement and Assistant Dean. Even after her death in 1987, students and colleagues remember her as a scientist, pioneer, innovator and compassionate advisor who provided a difference in the direction of their careers and ultimately their lives. Students must be enrolled in Lyman Briggs College with preference given to sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in the biological or physical sciences. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. Financial need may be considered.

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